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All-City Big Block workhorse, RIP

Goodnight sweet prince.

Frame:
2011 All-City Big Block 55cm

Fork/Headset:
All-City Big Block (5th anniversary) / Cane Creek SP2 3x sealed

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Dura-Ace 7700, 175mm / Shimano Octalink

Pedals:
Time ATAC OG

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
All-City 16T cog, Dura-Ace lockring / Surly 42T stainless chainring / KMC 1/8

Handlebars/Stem:
Velo-Orange Milan / Thomson Elite 120mm x 5-degree x 25.4

Saddle/Seatpost:
Selle Italia / Thomson Elite 27.2

Brakes:
Shimano / Shimano lever

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Alex R500 / Formula / Gatorskin 32c

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sun CR18 / Formula / Gatorskin 32c

Accessories:
CETMA 5-Rail cargo rack / SKS Raceblades

More Info:
Seatpost and stem are theft-proofed with some candlewax; Homemade light mount on rack made out of a bit of seatpost and a stem cap; Fork ends filed down a bit to accommodate the rack struts; Bars trimmed about an inch on each side.

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Stage 2
  3. Flatbed
  4. Spring 2015
  5. Summer 2015, repaired chainstay

Current Stage Info:

Found a crack in the drive-side chainstay. Had a friend lay down a bead or two in the crack and resprayed it with shitty grey primer. Plan on riding it as usual until it fails for good, which hopefully won't happen too soon. Fuck it, it's a work bike, it adds character.

edit -- Cracked again and finally retired a few months later.

Added by Sebastian. Last updated almost 4 years ago.

As of almost 4 years ago, Sebastian has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

Latest 20 Comments

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johnnyrye

johnnyrye says:

Love the bike, the only big block with a front rack. I'm about to order this frame and was thinking of doing the same. Have you ridden it in snow?

Posted about 2 years ago

Sebastian

Sebastian says:

Oh yes, more times than I can count. The extra tire clearance is nice.

Posted about 2 years ago

ejsmith109

ejsmith109 says:

Did you use zip ties for TT brake cable? can barley see it!

Posted almost 3 years ago

Sebastian

Sebastian says:

3M and Jagwire both make these pretty sweet adhesive cable guides, which I used here when I still had dual brakes. They're similar to what you might see on a disc-ready frame, where you attach the cable to the guide with a small zip-tie.

Posted almost 3 years ago

jobsingovernment

jobsingovernment says:

RIP! Cracked again around the repaired section?

Posted almost 4 years ago

Sebastian

Sebastian says:

Ha, you guessed it.

Posted almost 4 years ago

Motorcity

Motorcity says:

This bike is soo nice!

Posted over 4 years ago

Sebastian

Sebastian says:

Thanks man. Love your collection too.

Posted over 4 years ago

j-Galland

j-Galland says:

Nice!

Posted almost 5 years ago

SpoonRules

SpoonRules says:

Looks better each time!

Posted about 5 years ago

Deluxe

Deluxe says:

that is a SERIOUS rack/whatever you want to call it. Nice!

Posted over 5 years ago

Sebastian

Sebastian says:

Haha, thanks. It's just a crate strapped onto a regular CETMA 5-Rail. It's good for the variety of work I do (including a bunch of food delivery that doesn't always transport well in a bag).

Posted over 5 years ago

yakov_rothko

yakov_rothko says:

This is geat dude. I want to build a porteur with big block or steamroller. Not sure yet.

Posted over 5 years ago

Sebastian

Sebastian says:

You definitely should. I can't recommend this frame enough, it's one of the best production steel track frames out there (or at least in this price range).

Posted over 5 years ago

mattpelaggi

mattpelaggi says:

How's the handling with the CETMA? I'm fighting the urge to order one for my Steamroller.

Posted over 5 years ago

Sebastian

Sebastian says:

Edit: so, I made it a point to pay attention to how it felt at work today... it's minimal. Sharp steering at slower speeds feels a tiny bit ''looser'' because the front end has a little bit of momentum on it when you're swinging the bars around. But really, it's one of the lightest and least obtrusive options out there (especially considering the strength and durability).

Posted over 5 years ago

GoldToothRat

GoldToothRat says:

Rad.

Posted over 5 years ago

destroypedal

destroypedal says:

killin it with that cargo capacity! also good nab on some new brake levers and a nice touch with that roadrunner sticker. company rules!

Posted over 5 years ago

Sebastian

Sebastian says:

Thanks dude. Yeah, I ordered a size L Everything Pack from them earlier this year and it rules so far.

Posted over 5 years ago

destroypedal

destroypedal says:

shit yeah! I have one of their roll tops and its dope. I mainly use my xl seagull backpack for work but on smaller trips the roadrunner slays.

Posted over 5 years ago

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